General Dynamics to Supply Core Mission System for U.S. Combat Ships
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems was awarded a contract by Austal USA to be the Platform Systems Engineering Agent (PSEA) of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 14 and 16. These are the fifth and sixth ships of the Independence-variant LCS to be ordered by the U.S. Navy under a 10-ship block buy contract awarded in December 2010 to Austal USA. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.
As part of the Austal USA LCS Industry team General Dynamics is responsible for the design, integration and testing of the ships’ electronic systems including the combat system, networks and seaframe control. The technology backbone for the core mission system is General Dynamics’ open architecture computing infrastructure (OPEN CI). With its ‘plug and play’ ability to quickly integrate new technology into ship systems, OPEN CI provides platform flexibility and quick configuration in response to dynamic and evolving Navy mission requirements.
With its flexible architecture, OPEN CI facilitates the integration of best-in-class commercially available products, quickly and cost-effectively.